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South Carolina Department of Public Safety


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2015
Contact: SCHP CRO, 803-896-8144

SCDPS ACTIVATES EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN IN PARTS OF THE STATE;
TROOPERS URGING MOTORISTS IN AFFECTED AREAS TO STAY OFF ROADWAYS

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COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with a number of other state agencies, has activated its emergency response plan and positioned additional personnel and resources to areas of the state that are forecast to be affected by dangerous winter weather conditions beginning this evening. Those areas include Troops 2, 3 and 4 and parts of Troop 1/Northern Midlands area.

Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency today at 1 p.m., which will mobilize additional state resources should they be needed in response to the impending hazardous weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of three to seven inches of snow in the Upstate and Northern Midlands areas from McCormick to Marlboro counties.

“We are urging motorists to make plans immediately in preparation for this predicted snow event,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “During the snow storms last year, the public helped first responders focus on the critical needs by heeding our warnings and staying off the roadways except for emergency travel.”

During winter weather emergencies, SCDPS follows the lead of the State Emergency Management Division in activating its emergency plan and will work closely with other state agencies, including the SC Department of Transportation, State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). SCDPS will share resources such as four-wheel-drive vehicles and personnel, and the SC National Guard will use wrecker teams to assist in clearing the roadways on interstates.

“We will be monitoring affected areas and roadways closely for emergency situations and abandoned vehicles,” said SCHP Col. Mike Oliver. “We know that as night comes and the temperature drops, we could see treacherous driving conditions. Please call *HP if you need assistance or to report other roadway emergencies.”

Oliver says that some of the problem areas with inclement weather tend to be motorists traveling too fast for conditions, minor collisions where vehicles are skidding off the roadways, tailgating, stopping abruptly, and motorists getting stuck or with disabled vehicles.

During hazardous weather, SCDPS urges motorists to only use *HP for true emergencies such as reporting collisions or being stranded in a vehicle, and to please MOVE OVER for emergency workers and vehicles.

How do I get traffic information including road conditions?

The SC Department of Public Safety strongly encourages you to get this information through your local media outlets, which will be sending regular updates on road conditions and other information gleaned from SCDPS and other state and local agencies. For real-time traffic information, consult the Highway Patrol’s web site at http://www.scdps.gov/schp/webcad.asp. For winter road conditions or traffic cameras, consult the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s web site at www.dot.state.sc.us<http://www.dot.state.sc.us/>.

What do I do if my car breaks down?

Try to stop well off the roadway. Activate emergency flashers. Stay inside your vehicle if in a hazardous area (road condition). Call *HP or your local law enforcement for help.

What do I do if I have a minor wreck?

Move vehicles off the roadway if there are no injuries and call local law enforcement or *HP. In times of inclement weather where the Highway Patrol is experiencing a high volume of calls for service, the response time might be longer.

What do I do if my vehicle begins skidding?

Take your foot off the accelerator. Counter steer: If the rear of your vehicle is sliding left, steer left into the skid. If it’s sliding right, steer right. Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse -- this is normal.

I have to drive to work. What do I need to look out for on the roadways?

Be aware that bridges and overpasses ice before the roadway. Watch for clues of hazardous road conditions ahead: shiny spots in the road, slowed traffic, other vehicles/pedestrians off the roadway.

What do I need to carry with me if I am traveling in bad weather?

Ensure that your cell phone is charged. Let someone know where you are going, what your travel route is and when you expect to arrive. Carry flares, blankets, small tools and a shovel. Bring water and snacks.

How do I get my vehicle ready for winter driving?

Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition before bad weather strikes. Check your vehicle’s tires, brakes, fluids, wiper blades, lights, belts and hoses to make sure they’re in good condition. Before leaving, make sure you’ve cleared the snow off your vehicle’s windows and lights, including brake lights and turn signals. Make sure you can see and be seen.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Immigration Enforcement Unit, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs and SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors. scdps.gov.


 

 


The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors. www.scdps.gov
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